Review - Fathom Kiani Volume 2 #3

The war waging underwater doesn't involve humans, but it's being waged nonetheless. Kiani is at the forefront of the brewing civil war and in Fathom Kiani Volume 2 #3 she's faced with the fallout from actions in previous issues.

Published by Aspen Comics, the issue is written by Vince Hernandez, with illustrations by Oliver Nome, Lori Hanson and Emilio Lopez, colors by John Starr and letters by Josh Reed.

Kiani has never really been an actual leader, but that doesn't mean she doesn't have the capacity to do so. She's working to rally the troops in Marielle after the death of Thalassar, a high-ranking member of the Elite Council.

Thalassar was close to Siphon, who is taking the lone wolf route in infiltrating the burgeoning civil war base. His intent is confronting Kiani and her ultimate endgame regards to the fighting.

Kiani is portrayed as being just as powerful as Fathom and it's true to an extent. Kiani has slightly different motives, considering she's pretty much been neglected when it comes to care and relationships. She's a great foil to Aspen despite Aspen not appearing in the issue.

Kiani's reluctance as a leader drives the issue. Her confrontation with Siphon will likely be a lot more complicated than just a simple conversation, giving readers something to look forward to.

Nome's art is familiar and works well with the story. He knows the Kiani character and her universe, adding organic looking armor embellishments on the Elite Council. All the characters feel like they're part of the underwater world and adds a natural feel to the proceedings.

The third issue is moving the plot along, moving it towards what's shaping up to be an intense civil war. Where Kiani takes her side will be very telling as far as her as a character. There are indications that she's got some dissension in the ranks, adding an extra layer of complexity to what will inevitably be the war.

Fathom Kiani Volume 2 #3 is in stores July 5 with interiors below.